Has anyone seen this movie? It looks like very good.
Writer/Director Minna Zielonka-Packer
Minna Zielonka-Packer is a filmmaker, screenwriter, and artist, born
and raised in New York City.
She is the director and writer of the documentary, Back To Gombin
(distributed by the National Center for Jewish Film). The doc has
been broadcast internationally on Israeli and American cable
television, and was an official selection at film festivals,
including, The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, The New Jersey
Jewish Film Festival, The Back East Film Festival, and has been
screened for audiences in New York City, Los Angeles, New Jersey,
London, Tel Aviv, Lublin, and Chelm, Poland, with upcoming screenings
in Lodz and Warsaw, Poland.
Before WWII, Poland contained the largest population of Jews in
Western Europe. For centuries, the Jewish people developed in Poland,
furthering their religious and intellectual identity; in the arts,
film, theater, music, literature, poetry, sociology, the sciences,
medicine, business, religion, and virtually every area of expertise.
In turn, the Jewish people gave their all and helped to build the
nation that is today, Poland, serving the nation as righteous and law
abiding citizens. Much of this has been forgotten, because the Jews
did not survive in Poland, or in much of Europe, for that matter. The
few survivors who did make it back to their cities, towns and
villages, did not experience a very nice welcome by their Polish
neighbors. Many returned to Lodz, which was previous to WWII a very
Jewish city and contained the second largest Jewish population after
Warsaw. In 1945, it was Lodz, where I am based as an American
Fulbright, that my father, along with my mother and the Jewish dwarf,
Abraham Kerber, and many of the remaining survivors of the Shoah,
returned, in their attempts to rebuild their lives in
Poland. Ultimately, most of the Jewish people who survived the war
in Poland left the country in later purges by the Communists in the
late 1960's and 1980's. My parents went to Germany as did Abraham
Kerber, and lived in displaced persons camps for years before they
could emigrate to the U.S. and Israel, which is where Abraham Kerber
lived and worked as a photographer until 1978, when he died.
Within the Lilliput movie, the larger issues, concerning the way in
which Poland has dealt with its complicated Jewish history, will be
examined and revealed through the use of a parallel narrative, with
characters in the present tied to the past as a result of birth and
shared history. I want people to know what happened in Poland, not
very long ago (as regards historical time), and to understand that
mutual understanding among peoples today is of paramount importance.
We are all human and together we must live side by side in mutual
respect and harmony, as our maker intended.